Children of older fathers more susceptible to mental illness

Children of older fathers are at a greater risk of suffering from mental health problems such as schizophrenia and autism.

There is an overall increased risk of psychiatric disorders in children born to fathers over the age of 29 years.

The link between paternal age and the risk of mental health disorders is not yet clear. It is believed that mutations in the developing sperm cells of older fathers contributes to the increased risk of a wide range of mental health disorders for their off spring.

Read more at The University of Queensland